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Not Just a CNC Degree

A relationship with a local employer allowed Rock Valley College to create a 21st-century model for manufacturing instruction. That was good, because for this school’s manufacturing program, the 20th century did not end well.


Youngstown Congressman on the Skills Gap and Additive Manufacturing

Rep. Tim Ryan describes the challenge of attracting manufacturing’s next generation, as well as the promise of the technology that this generation is likely to put to use.


Does This School Have the Formula for Manufacturing Education?

A high school in Wisconsin runs its manufacturing vocational program as a business. Students make parts for paying customers. The program is thriving, cash flow is strong, and local manufacturers can now hire recent graduates who already have experi...


Advancing Manufacturing, Tomorrow and Today

A drilling solution improves the production of a component that is critical for correcting spinal disorders. Meanwhile, an apprenticeship program ensures that improvements like this one can continue into the future.


Lights, Camera ... Cycle Start

A new show dramatically portrays real-life manufacturing and CNC machining. The pilot episode is now playing.


Telling the Mainstream about Manufacturing

How do we reach the next generation of manufacturing employees? One machine tool company succeeds with local efforts. Meanwhile, “C.H.A.M.P.I.O.N.–Now!” seeks to go national.


Leadership Skills Also Characterize A Champion

The WorldSkills Competition is a biennial event in which students compete with their international peers in occupational trades. This year, the team from the United States entered in both the CNC turning and CNC milling categories. Includes VIDEO.


Cultivating Metalworking Technology's Next Users

An educator from a successful vocational high school describes what manufacturers can do to help institutions like his provide capable talent to industry.


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